HSOP Students Place at This is Research Symposium

Group photos of students and faculty at awards ceremony

April 9, 2018

AUBURN, Alabama – HSOP student researchers had a standout showing at the This is Research: Student Symposium, including several award winners. The Symposium was held March 26 in the Auburn University Student Center with an awards program following on April 3.

Undergraduate and graduate students presented oral and poster presentations in a variety of subject areas, including drug discovery, health outcomes, pharmacology and pharmacy. Top-three awards were given in two categories: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Science and Creative Scholarship in Design, arts and Humanities. Awards were also given to a top presented in each college and school.

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“Auburn and the Harrison School of Pharmacy offer so many opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level to get involved with research. It is exciting to see so many students not just participating, but taking active roles and ownership in the research they are conducting,” said Dr. Richard Hansen, Dean and Gilliland Professor at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. “Their passion for their work really shines through at an event like the This is Research: Student Symposium and it is a real pleasure for me to see so many students from the Harrison School of Pharmacy showing off the meaningful work they are doing.”

Among the Graduate Research Award winners, Manoj Govindarajulu took first place in Oral Presentations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for his project titled “The Novel PPAR-gamma agonists improve behavioral deficits in a Triple Transgenic mouse mice model of Alzheimer’s disease.” Govindarajulu works under Drs. Raj Amin and Vishnu Suppiramaniam.

Jenna Bloemer took second place in Oral Presentations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for her project “Doxorubicin-induced memory deficits are associated with altered hippocampal synaptic plasticity and glutamatergic signaling deficits.” Bloemer conducts her research in Dr. Suppiramaniam’s lab.

“Student engagement in pharmacy research gives students a greater appreciation of what pharmacy entails and how advances in pharmacy arise,” said Dr. David Riese, associate dean for research and graduate programs. “Student involvement in events like ‘This is Research: Student Symposium’ develops students’ communication and networking skills and gives students an opportunity to see how research in other disciplines might impact their own work.”

For the college and school awards, there was a tie for the top oral presentation from HSOP by Quoc-Viet Duong and Mohammed Almaghrabi. Duong, who works under Dr. Amal Kaddoumi, gave his presentation titled “The investigation of plasma derived growth factors focused on the treatment of the blood brain barrier in 5xFAD mice.” Almaghrabi, who works under Dr. Murali Dhanasekaran, presented “Investigate the dopaminergic neurotoxicity profile of designer drugs: 2- trifluoromethyl benzyl phenylpiperazine (2-TFMBzPP), 3- trifluoromethyl benzyl phenylpiperazine (3-TFMBzPP), 4- trifluoromethyl benzyl phenylpiperazine (4-TFMBzPP) and benzyl phenylpiperazine (BzPP).”

Earning the HSOP award for poster presentation was Shahariar Mohammed Fahim. Fahim conducts research under Dr. Richard Hansen and presented his project, “Variations in screening mammography utilization by age and geographic region among female Medicare beneficiaries and beneficiaries with breast cancer in 2002-2012.”

Additionally, a pair of undergraduate researchers from the lab of Dr. Amin took home awards. Amanda Fang took second place in the Poster Presentations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with her poster titled, “Effects of SIRT3 on posttranslational modification in the mitochondria of diabetic hearts.” Connor Koch was recognized for his poster presentation in the College of Human Sciences titled “High fat diet with impairing autophagy and induces deposition of oligomeric/fibrillar species of Amyloid-β in Mice Brain.”


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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Last Updated: April 9, 2018